Welcome back! New-York Historical is now open for visitors. Book your timed-entry tickets. And reserve separate, timed-entry tickets for our free, outdoor exhibition Hope Wanted in the rear courtyard.



Private guided tours at the Museum make excellent gifts! Led by our expertly trained docents, New-York Historical Society group tours are memorable and provide a unique and personalized experience. 

Send your friends or family a New-York Historical Society Tour Experience package, and they can choose the tour that interests them—either a general highlights tour of our permanent collection or a special exhibition tour of their choice. Guided tour gift packages include Museum Admission for the day for up 10 people, plus 10 percent off at the NYHistory Store and access to watch New York Story and our Center for Women's History film We Rise.

To learn more about Private Guided Gift Tour rates and experiences, please call (212) 873-3400 ext. 352 or email group.tours@nyhistory.org.

Group Tour Pricing


Adults $18 $26
Seniors $13 $21

Reserve a 60-minute private Guided Tour with one of our curator-trained docents. Our docent-led tours are un-scripted and unique—each tour is a new experience!

Exclusive before- and after-hours tours, group space rentals, and catered meals are available upon request. Looking for something in particular? Let us know how we can customize your visit!

For more information, call (212) 873-3400 x352 or email Group.Tours@nyhistory.org

Special Exhibition Tours

Tour: Women March
February 28 – August 30, 2020

As long as there has been a United States, women have organized to shape the nation’s politics and secure their rights as citizens. Join in the march with our tour and experience this immersive exhibition in the Joyce B. Cowin Women's History Gallery that features inspiring imagery and video footage of collective action and struggle across the centuries. Tours will highlight the centennial of the 19th Amendment—which granted women the right to vote in 1920—and explore the efforts of a wide range of women to expand American democracy in the centuries before and after the suffrage victory. 

Tour: Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
February 14 - August 23, 2020

Get ready to rock! New-York Historical presents a thrilling exploration of the life of Bill Graham, the legendary music impresario behind the biggest names in rock & roll—including the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. Immerse yourself on a tour with an audio experience (courtesy of Master & Dynamic) that features songs from Janis Joplin, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, and much more; a site-specific liquid light show that recreates the famed psychedelic display of New York's Fillmore East auditorium; and over 300 objects, like rare backstage photographs, Pete Townsend's and Duane Allman's guitars, and a Jimi Hendrix stage costume. .

Tour: Meet the Presidents

Step into presidential history with a docent-led tour of our expansive exhibition that showcases a detailed re-creation of the Oval Office, complete with audio excerpts of presidential musings and a Resolute desk you can sit behind and snap a photo. Then, experience the Meet the Presidents Gallery and trace the evolution of the executive branch from George Washington to the present-day through unique artwork and objects, like the actual Bible used during Washington's inauguration.


Tour: Colonists, Citizens, Constitutions: Creating the American Republic

America’s bold experiment in self-government began with a constitution; not one but many constitutions. On this docent-led tour explore the books and documents from collector and philanthropist Dorothy Tapper Goldman’s collection—including constitutions from the federal and state levels. Hear the story of America’s unique constitutionalism from the founding era through the turn of the 20th century.


Tour: Dreaming Together: New-York Historical Society and Asia Society Museum

America’s bold experiment in self-government began with a constitution; not one but many constitutions. On this docent-led tour explore the books and documents from collector and philanthropist Dorothy Tapper Goldman’s collection—including constitutions from the federal and state levels. Hear the story of America’s unique constitutionalism from the founding era through the turn of the 20th century.



Permanent Exhibition Tours

New! The New York Historical Society Scavenger Hunt


Unlock the secret history of the city in a whirlwind romp through the Museum! The hunt leads you along a trail of quirky clues and challenges you to answer fun, funny questions about the Museum’s countless artifacts. Your team will follow a trail of clues through the Luce Center and the new Center for Women’s History, plus an array of special exhibits. No knowledge of the museum or New York history required: you just need sharp eyes and comfy shoes. This exciting 45-minute game will show you the New-York Historical Society in surprising new ways! 

Tour: Collector's Choice: Highlights from the Permanent Collection


For more than 200 years, the New-York Historical Society has been preserving and exhibiting artwork. Dive into the stories of many illustrious artworks on our docent-led gallery tour. Learn about some of the most renowned works in our collection, ranging in date from the 14th through the 21st centuries, including Thomas Cole's iconic "Course of Empire" series and Charles Willson Peale's Peale Family Portrait. Plus, marvel at Picasso’s magnificent Le Tricorne ballet curtain, the largest piece on view in the United States by the Spanish artist. 

Tour: Highlights from the Permanent Collection


Explore our world-renowned permanent collection on our one-of-a-kind highlights tour. Our specially trained guides lead you through the Smith Gallery, showcasing New York’s central role in the creation of the United States. The tour continues on the second floor where a selection of our more than 40,000 historic objects tells the story of Gotham, from its early days as a Dutch colony to the cosmopolitan metropolis of today. 

Tour: Women of the Collection: The Fight for Equality in America


Despite enormous obstacles, women across the spectrum of race and class exercised power and effected change even before they could access the ballot box. Discover the untold stories of women whose contributions to American culture, politics, and society altered the course of history. 

Tour: Lamps of Tiffany Studios: Style, Beauty, and Design


Experience our collection of Tiffany lamps—one of the world’s largest and most encyclopedic—in a dazzling new two-story gallery. See more than 100 examples of this elegant American art form and hear the personal stories of head designer Clara Driscoll and her team in the Glassmaking Department known as the “Tiffany Girls,” whose contributions were nearly lost to history. 

Tour: Made in New York: Selections from the Permanent Collection


New York’s unique entrepreneurial spirit has inspired objects that stand alone in design and functionality. Hear the dynamic stories of American history as told through extraordinary and everyday objects from our collection. Discover what makes New York the capital of creativity! 

Tour: Curiosities of the Collection


The forgotten, often perplexing histories of the United States can be told through artifacts left behind. Since 1804, the New-York Historical Society has been preserving and exhibiting objects that tell captivating stories. History uncovered on this tour will include the 19th-century fascination with phrenology, or skull-reading; the lost art of cigar ribbon manufacturing; and the 1863 draft lottery that sparked the deadliest civil disturbance in our nation’s history. 

Tour: New York, 1600–Present: Design Your Own Tour


How can the past inform our present? Discover the New York of yesterday and today through artifacts and works of art from our collection, excavated from city streets and donated by illustrious New Yorkers. Select the century in New York history that most interests you and we’ll tailor a tour to fit! 

1600–1700: Before the city was New York, it was New Amsterdam—a remote New World trading outpost in a global Dutch empire. After coming under British rule in 1664, New York retained its diverse, multilingual population and entrepreneurial spirit, remaining a city that existed first and foremost as a financial and trading center.

1700–1800: Under British occupation from 1776 to 1783, New York—a hotbed of contention between Patriots and Loyalists—felt the effects of nearby battles. After the Revolution, New Yorkers witnessed Washington’s inauguration and the city became the first U.S. capital. During this period, one in five New Yorkers lived in bondage.

1800–1900: Fueled by immigration and innovations like the Erie Canal and Brooklyn Bridge, New York grew from a port city concentrated in lower Manhattan to a unified metropolis. During and after the Civil War, New York politics became increasingly contentious. As the 19th century came to a close, the Progressive Movement emerged in response to the excesses of Tammany Hall and the Gilded Age.

1900–2000: During the tumult of the 20th century’s traumatic world wars, ordinary New Yorkers contributed to the war effort. Following World War II, New York emerged on the international stage as a global capital with a unique identity, and its landmarks became recognizable worldwide as New York culture was captured in song, on stage, and on film.

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